Monday Project Report – The Beginning Of A Bulky Scrappy Blanket


For this week’s scrap project I turned to my bag of leftover bulky yarns.  After so much time pressured work to finish Xmas presents during the past two months, I was ready for some mindless knitting.  So I decided to make the Sediment Scraps Blanket by Katie Rose Pryal.  It is a garter stitch blanket knit on the diagonal and I have a feeling that she was not the first person to write down the pattern for such a thing (since my Mom makes dishcloths the same way), but hers was the one I found right away and she gets the credit from me.  This is a finished blanket which she posted on the pattern’s Ravelry page which shows what it can look like.  She recommends combining multiple strands of yarn to knit it.  I am just using my solid bulky yarns – I have other plans for the other weights of yarn I have. :)

sediments scrap blanket from pattern page

Basically you just start with one stitch.  Knit into the front and back (kfb) of that stitch to make two stitches.  Then every row thereafter you knit into the front and back of the first stitch of the row – increasing each row by one stitch.  It is just back and forth garter stitch.  When one side is the width you want, you elongate the blanket by increasing a row of the blanket by one stitch -  knitting into the front and back of the first stitch of that row – and then decreasing the next row by one stitch – by doing a knit two together (k2tog) at the beginning of the second row – alternating those rows until your blanket is long enough.  Then, of course, when you get it long enough, just knit two together at the beginning of each row until you get back to your one stitch.

angled photo scrap blanket

Mindless.  Easy.  Fast because it is bulk weight yarn.  Just what I needed so I could relax and just knit.

My bulky scrap yarn blanket

In the end I will have a blanket that reminds me of past projects.  Right now I can see, from the pointed end up, a sweater made for a little girl named Aurora, one Bella Mitten, Jesse’s hat, Jacob’s hat, Vash’s hat, a scarf for Chip (that he doesn’t use but the boys do), Jesse’s hat again and the other Bella Mitten.  There are also some short pieces from a couple of other scarfs near the end that are not really noticeable.

And then my bulky weight scrap yarn bag was empty.

I could have started working on a worsted weight scrap yarn project but instead I decided that I wanted to get a jump start on my next project – the socks that I started in November and then had to promptly put down in order to get the holiday knitting done in time. I am knitting the Moody Stockings which I will tell you more about when they are done.  For now, I will show you where they are at – well, as of yesterday when I took the photos.

I am using Sanguine Gryphon’s Little Traveler Yarn in the Rojas colorway for these socks.  I am also knitting both of the socks at the same time, working off of both ends of the yarn – hence why I kept the skein in a loose hank.

Sanguine Gryphon's Little Traveler in Rojas

This is a contrast and compare project in that I am knitting one sock using the 2 circular needle method and I am knitting the other using double pointed needles.  Right now I am not loving the two circular needle method but I think that is because my circulars are not long enough.  I think it would be much easier and faster if I had at least a 16″ length circular – or even a 24″ circular – so I won’t give up on the method quite yet but for this project, the double pointed needles are knitting faster and easier.

socks on two different types of needles

I wanted to do this pattern because I like textured socks.  I don’t really like lacy socks – holes in socks seems counterintuitive to me.  Cables can be too bulky to wear.  Textured socks have visual interest while still being comfortable.

moody socks showing texture

And I need a pair of red socks.  This is a great red.

So that’s today’s project report.  Hopefully I will be able to show you at least one completed sock by next week – if not two.  If I can finish a pair of socks in two weeks I will not only be doing the happy dance – I will be AWESOME!!

Just sayin. . . . .

Onward and Upward

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter, an aunt raising three young nephews with my husband, and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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10 Responses to Monday Project Report – The Beginning Of A Bulky Scrappy Blanket

  1. Great socks! And I love the blanket idea. I’m always looking for projects to use up yarn. This is a nice mindless knit.

    • Shelly R. says:

      That’s what I loved about it. I had a Frankie Brown pattern picked that used bulky yarns – but I just did not want to do that much thinking and construction right now. I needed the break. This was great because it went fast and I can just keep adding to it as I use up yarn.

  2. amanda says:

    Love the blanket! I made a square one like that for a child, using super-bulky yarn (a giant dishcloth), and it turned out great. I had some Fun Fur, which I incorporated into various rows for texture. Thank you for posting how this is made, because I would NEVER have figured out how to make a rectangular bed-sized blanket. lol

    • Shelly R. says:

      I grew up with scrap yarn afghans – we always had leftover yarns – and I loved them as a kid. We would pick out our favorite colors in the yarns or the softest. Jesse likes the pink and purple. Vash likes the Bella Mittens beige because it is soft. I like the randomness. I have been loving your Absinthia posts. I told Chip he has to read them too. He is already buying more food in bulk to reduce our garbage outflow. Now if I can move him to that rainwater collection system . . . . .

  3. Danielle says:

    Ha! You already are AWESOME, you don’t need to knit a pair of socks in 2 weeks to prove that….although it WOULD be pretty darn impressive! I like that sock pattern a lot, too. I just can’t believe you’re knitting from an unwound skein like that and are not dealing with unstoppable tangles. That would kill me. I think you need a ball winder for your birthday.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Actually it is pretty easy to knit off of the hanks for me. There are no tangles – each one sits to one side of the hank. I hang it over a pull-out shelf on my desk and they each draw in a different direction. And I can’t get a ball winder until I get a swift. The Warm Ewe is having its big sale next weekend . . . . . .

  4. Sue says:

    Too funny that my mom also uses that pattern to make knitted dishcloths.
    Can’t wait to see the socks – the pattern looks amazing and “pretty intense”.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Actually, the pattern is sooooo simple. Just knits and purls. No cables, no twists, just bumps. It was the November Mystery Sock for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group in Ravelry. The designer is Erica Lueder. I looked at her other patterns and saw that she did alot of textured work so I decided to jump in on it – and then had to stop to knit hats non-stop for Xmas. But since I had started, I wanted to finish it. By then the pictures were up and I could see the finished sock. I was still happy with it so I am doing my best to finish it. This time they are for me – so I don’t have to worry about the dogs chewing them up like they did the socks I made Chip. They just love him sooooo much they feel the need to eat his woolen smelly feet. What can I say.

  5. Your blanket is off to a beautiful start! I am very interested to see how your experiment with the socks turns out. I haven’t used circulars for socks yet, I am still quite a sock newbie. ;-)

  6. Ruth says:

    I love the pattern of the blanket – what a sweet way to use up all your odds and ends with each stripe of the blanket having its own little story.

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